The Journal: A Hodgepodge

In today’s Journal

* Quote of the Day
* I’m gonna harrass you a little
* Dean’s writing in public again
* Update on the Street Team
* The 50%-off sale continues
* Smashwords Presents
* If you enjoy podcasts
* Today
* Of Interest
* The Numbers

Quote of the Day

“There is always something, and something else, to discuss.” Joe Hartlaub

Hey folks, I’m gonna harrass you a little bit here. Please bear with me. As I write this, I have in mind a few specific friends of mine whom I know would benefit greatly.

In fact, I started to put this in a group email yesterday only to those few friends, but I realized there’s no reason the rest of you shouldn’t benefit too. So I decided (as I do all too often), why not take a chance? So here goes…

First, if you’re already enrolled in the year-long Licensing Transition class, you can skip this and go on down to the next bold type heading. BUT…

1. If you are NOT enrolled in the Licensing Transition class, and if you have or can come up with the money ($500), you might want to go ahead and buy-in.

As part of the LT class, you get (free) the Licensing 101 class (a $300 value) as well as some other stuff that I don’t remember right now. In my opinion, this is the best value, hands-down, that Dean has ever offered.

2. If you’re not in the LT class and just don’t want to spend the money to buy-in (again, $500), I STRONGLY recommend you at least buy-in to the Licensing 101 class when Dean offers it again coming up in April. Licensing 101 costs only $300, and it will be worth every penny and a lot more.

I got Licensing 101 free because I’m in the LT class, but I only got around to listening to it today. It is nothing short of remarkable, and I know each of you would benefit SO much from it. This will open up a whole new world you didn’t even realize existed. It’s like opening a portal to a whole new dimension.

That being said, if you can’t do it or decide you just don’t want to or whatever, that’s perfectly fine too. But you really don’t know what you’re missing.

By the way, the specific friends I have in mind are all within a few years of my age. If you’re in your 30s or 40s or 50s, everything I wrote above goes double or triple for you. I’m not joking.

Dean’s writing in public again in much the same way I’m doing here as he writes the genesis novel for his Cave Creek, Nevada shared world. I encourage you to stop by his site every day, either directly or as a click-through on the “Of Interest” item in this Journal.

I also learned from one of the comments on a previous post that his Writing Romance workshop is going to classic in a few weeks. So if you’ve been waiting to take it, wait a little longer and get it for half-price ($150).

Update on the Street Team—Well, just wow. Licking my wounds. Thus far I’ve had one taker from here, and that was only for short stories. And none thus far from the announcement on Facebook. So apparently I’m going about something all wrong. Or I had the interest pegged wrong. Or something. Frankly, I was a little surprised.

But the announcement hits my “big” (audiencee-wise) blog over on today. So we’ll see how that pans out. I’m not holding my breath, and that’s fine too. I see this as another step in my education and a pretty blatant lesson from the universe: that I should remain unattached from outcome, shut up and just keep writing. (grin)

The 50%-off sale continues on all of my 280-some titles over at (Yawn.) At checkout, just enter coupon code TK47M.

Smashwords Presents

So right after I started my own sale (go figure), Smashwords is launching the Authors Give Back sale. If you have books distributed through Smashwords, you can join in. For details, see

Smashwords is also presenting the Smashwords Author Education Day, free to all writers and publishers even if they don’t use Smashwords for distribution. I will attend because I can never learn enough. For details, see

If you enjoy podcasts, these are the few I visit with some regularity. I suggest you check them out:

Today I started with some learning in the Licensing 101 class and a few other workshops. In addition to being informative, it was enjoyable and comforting, in a way, to see and listen to Dean for awhile.

Then I put all the stuff above together and did a few other things. Now I’m going up to the house to eat breakfast. Afterward I’ll come back here to cycle back through my current novel to see why it feels stalled. (Probably I just need to knock down some fear or other and get back to trusting what I’m doing.)

And that will be the day. For some reason I want to go ahead and post this, put it behind me. I’ll report fiction numbers later.

Talk with you again soon.

Of Interest

See “Sounds of Silence – When writer’s block strikes” at This is what can happen when you place too much importance on a novel, when you labor over every word instead of Just Writing the Story.

See “Card Sharp Silver… Day 2” at

See “On the Beach” (a rare post from Neil Gaiman) at

See “‘Knock knock.’ ‘Who’s there?’ ‘You are.'” at

The Numbers

Fiction words today…………………… XXXX
Nonfiction words today…………… 1030 (Journal)

Writing of The Othgygnrkthers (tentative title, novel)

Day 10… 1622 words. Total words to date…… 28128
Day 11… 1263 words. Total words to date…… 29391
Day 12… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 41712
Total fiction words for the year………… 178407
Total nonfiction words for the month… 18130
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 72610
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 251017

Calendar Year 2020 Novels to Date…………………… 3
Calendar Year 2020 Novellas to Date……………… X
Calendar Year 2020 Short Stories to Date… 6
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)…………………………………… 48
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)………………………………… 8
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)………………… 202
Short story collections……………………………………………… 31